Stories of Hope – Self Development of People

At the March Presbytery Meeting Rev. Dr. Alonzo Johnson and Margaret Mwale share stories of hope from the work of Self Development of People.

Self-Development of People (SDOP) enters into partnerships with community groups of low-income people that want to change their lives and communities.

Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People is a ministry that affirms God’s concern for humankind.  SDOP is Presbyterians and ecumenical partners dissatisfied with poverty and oppression, united in faith and action through sharing, confronting, and enabling by participating in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people, seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression and injustice.

SDOP Core Strategies

  • Promote Justice
  • Build stronger communities
  • Seek economic equity

Alianza Agricola – Rochester, New York

The project’s main goal is to work in collaboration with the statewide Green Light Driving Together campaign to attain access to driver’s licenses for all NY residents regardless of their immigration status.

Jersey City Together (Tenants Protection and Rights Project) Jersey City, New Jersey

The project is an organized group of tenants fighting for the rights and protection of people who are harassed, intimidated and evicted from their homes (apartments) by landlords who then rent the vacated apartment at a much higher illegal price. The members of the Tenants Rights and Protection group educate renters on their rights, organize together to hold city elected officials responsible for enforcing existing tenant/landlord ordinances and unite against landlords who are ignoring existing ordinances, and train other renters as tenant rights and protection advocates.

Tenant Rights/Housing Projects- Washington, DC

One DC, Washington, DC

Housing advocacy to ensure affordable housing for low income residents of DC. Housing advocacy to ensure affordable housing for low income residents of DC.

Elizabeth Education Organizing Committee (ELEOC), Elizabeth, New Jersey

A group of concerned immigrant parents and residents of Elizabeth NJ who themselves have experienced inadequate education at the Elizabeth schools and are advocating for better education for their children to improve the economic level of their families and safer communities.

Self Development of People Sunday -April 7, 2019

Once a year, Presbyterians across our country celebrate the ministry of the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP), which is one of the three ministries funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing. 

SDOP Sunday calls each of us as the Body of Christ to be unified in faith and action. Our resources offer incredible stories of community building, self-reliance, and hope – these are stories of God in action. These stories are also profound stories of development, which show how our communities are busy in creatively addressing some of the many salient issues of our time.

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